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enhance your knowledge of the game.
Blackjack Terms: A - B
as 1 or 11 in blackjack.
blackjack or 21 is a game where the player’s goal is to get closer than
the dealer to 21 without going over. Blackjack pays
3 to 2
or $3 for
every $2 bet.
the right of the dealer receiving the last card.
bankroll or a team of players’ bankroll.
of chips consisting of a variety of colors.
to a player's minimum and maximum bet.
money bet during a session of play.
rules of minimum and maximum amounts allowed for one bet.
Go Over—the final count is over 21.
count of 12, 13, 14, 15, or 16 that will Bust or go over 21 with one
: Term meaning
removes a small number (1-3) cards after the shuffle to be placed in
discard pile. Cards are also burned with the arrival of a new dealer.
4, 5, and 6 are Bust Cards referring to the dealer's up card. If the
to hit with 12-16, he/she may go Bust.
count is over 21. This is a losing hand even if the dealer also busts.
All players whose count is less than 21 win if the Dealer
money for chips.
Blackjack Terms: C
the area on
the table layout where the player places a bet. Aka Betting
Circle or Square.
of cards that favors either the house or player. Also a group of cards
together within the deck(s) in play.
cards have disappeared.
Chip Colors are $1=blue or white. $5=red. $25=Green. $100=Black.
takes a bet to play. Aka Book the Action.
Shuffling Machine. A machine that shuffles cards back into the deck(s)
rather than manually shuffling after deck(s) is finished. Disadvantage
shuffling, the deck is separated into two cards with a plastic cut card
player and passed back to the dealer.
colored card passed to the player to cut the deck. The dealer then
Cut Card near the end of the shoe to indicate the last hand to be
Blackjack Terms: D
to players during the game.
employee who deals and manages the game of Blackjack.
game of blackjack consists of the following Player decisions--hitting,
down, standing, splitting, insurance and surrendering.
52 playing cards. When blackjack is played with more than one deck, the
are called a pack.
Term for a
card numbered 2.
played since the last shuffle and placed in a discard tray.
utilizing two decks in blackjack. Casinos may also use 4, 6 or 8 decks.
Double Down or
Doubling the bet before being dealt one
Blackjack rule for Doubling Down is that the player receives only one
after a DD decision. Player may bet up to his/her original bet, but not
and places this second bet behind the original bet. Some casinos allow
Down only with a count of 10 or 11.
additional card(s) to the 2 cards already dealt originally. Aka Hit,
Draw Card or
dollar value bet in a casino or total value of money and/or markers
Blackjack Terms: E
Player loses 50% of bet if he/she decides to surrender after being
first two cards.
to taking insurance on a blackjack hand when dealer shows an Ace.
Player is paid even money on his/her blackjack whether
dealer has hit blackjack or not.
Jacks, Queens, and Kings that have
a value of 10 each in
Blackjack game where player’s first card is dealt up and second card is
game where both cards are dealt face
player to the left of the dealer and the first person to receive cards.
Aka First Baseman.
Blackjack Terms: H
play. Also cards held by the player or dealer.
hands that do not contain an Ace or a hand where the Ace is valued at
are Hard Hands as there is only one value. Opposite of Soft Hands.
for those hands that do not contain an Ace or a hand where the Ace is
only 1. Ex: 9 and 8 has a hard total of 17 and an Ace and 6 has a
total of 7.
against the dealer only with no other participants.
additional card(s) to the 2 cards already dealt originally. Aka Draw,
or Hit Card. The decision to hit is indicated by a sweeping motion on
by the player or tapping the felt in a Face Up game.
Dealer’s card dealt face down.
House Advantage or
Refers to the casino % advantage vs. the player.
Blackjack Terms: I - N
up card is an Ace, there will be a call for insurance. The
insurance bet is not recommended.
Player loses 50% of bet if he/she decides to surrender after seeing the
dealer’s up card.
than one deck is in play here.
Aka as a
Blackjack, a Natural occurs when the first two cards dealt are an Ace
for 21. Pays 3 to 2.
No Hole Card:
version where the dealer does not receive a second card until all the
have completed their hands.
Blackjack Terms: P
: Two cards
of the same value, e.g., pair of tens.
indicating the value of the card.
Casino options offered to players. The many options including Double
rules, Early/Late Surrender and Splitting can vary widely between
land-based casino and online casinos.
Push or Tie
occurs when both dealer and player have the same count neither of which
Usually, the player’s bet is returned.
Blackjack Terms: R
Splitting pairs yet again.
when all players have completed their Blackjack hands.
Total points from card-counting method beginning with first hand dealt
new shuffle and updated after each hand.
for ‘Dealer Stands on all 17’s.
: Design of
holder, either wood or heavy plastic, of up to 8 decks in play.
Blackjack Terms: S
the cards before dealing to players.
bet along with the primary bet. Not recommended.
Soft Hand or Soft Total: holds an Ace that is counted as 11.
Example: Ace-7 equals a Soft 18. However, if the value is
changed to 1 later, it is consider a Hard Hand.
Down when one card is an Ace.
Blackjack version where the 4-Ten cards are removed.
Split or Splitting Pairs
: splitting a
matched pair to play separately.
The extra bet is placed on one of the split cards. If a
third like card is dealt, that too can be split based on casino rules.
you split aces, you receive only additional card for each hand.
However, based on casino rules you may split a third Ace if
tie or push. Occurs when both dealer and player have the same count
which is 21.
Usually, the player’s bet is returned.
or Stiff Hand:
Card count of 12, 13, 14, 15, or 16 that will Bust or go over 21 with
Aka ‘Breaking Hand’.
wins or losses.
surrender after receiving first two cards and you lose only 50% of the
Blackjack Terms: T - U
Several players who utilize one bankroll and are knowledgeable
the form of gestures or attitude expressed by the dealer that may
useful strategies as to the value of their hole card.
Third Base or Third
: Player to the right of the dealer receiving the last
: Aka Push or
Stand-Off. Occurs when both dealer and player have the same count
which is 21. Usually, the player’s bet is returned.
: Tip to the
for the game of Blackjack.
face up, this is the dealer’s first card.
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